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DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE
Double Inlet Left Ventricle is a congenital heart defect that can be found in every five out 100,000 new born babies, as per various medical studies. The first and major symptoms of this condition include an inability to feed properly due to breathlessness and subsequently, an inability to gain weight in a normal way.
HOW IS DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE DIAGNOSED?
Tests to diagnose DILV may include:
• Chest x-ray
• Measurement of the electrical activity in the heart (electrocardiogram, or ECG)
• Passing a thin, flexible tube into the heart to examine the arteries (cardiac catheterization)
• Ultrasound exam of the heart (echocardiogram)
• Using magnets to create images of the heart (MRI)
HOW IS DOUBLE INLET LEFT VENTRICLE TREATED?
The medications prescribed by a paediatrician would be dependant on the severity of the symptoms. Patients could be advised to use vasodilators, digoxin and diuretics to increase the strength of the heart muscle and to help remove excess fluid.
DID YOU KNOW?
The baby may also require anticoagulants to stem any clotting.